Justin Timberlake performed during halftime at Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis.

What it was like to perform in 'chaotic' Super Bowl halftime show with J.T.

A clarinetist in the University of Minnesota's marching band was live with Justin Timberlake.
10,000 Takes

Who's the ultimate NCAA bracket buster? It could be you

March 29
Loyola-Chicago guard Marques Townes reacts to hitting a 3-pointer in the final minute of the team's 69-68 victory over Nevada during an NCAA men's col
The madness is almost at an end, and 99.9968 percent of you missed on the Final Four. Perhaps it will be more fun just to sit it out next year.

For this Vikings fan, Sunday's playoff game could repair wounds festering since 1970s

January 10
1975: Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson caught Roger Staubach’s “Hail Mary” pass as Vikings cornerback Nate Wright tumbled.
The Vikings have a shot at being the first NFL team to have home-field advantage for the Super Bowl. But for the team's fans, there's a lot more at stake than football.
Super Bowl LII
January 30
Jared Goyette, right, with friend/fellow Eagles fan Brendan Woodcock.

Explaining Eagles fans to Minnesotans: We embrace our 'rough side'

It's true that the average Philadelphia sports fan has a chip on his shoulder. It's part of the way the city sees itself.
December 22, 2017
A heaping helping of lutefisk was the star of a holiday dinner.

Newcomer gets her first whiff of a Minnesota holiday tradition

I was a young reporter assigned to cover the local lutefisk dinner. What could possibly go wrong?
November 22, 2017
The author’s heavenly (and hilarious) church lady cookbooks.

For Thanksgiving sides, this Minnesotan turns to heavenly (and hilarious) church lady cookbooks

My growing collection offers a glimpse into the past, with recipes for Creamed Green Beans and Snappy Tomatoes.
November 2, 2017
The author’s grandmother was featured in a 1956 column.

For this homegrown Minnesotan, digital newspaper archives mean binge-reading on family history

Digital newspaper archives reveal tragedies, triumphs and a sweet story about Grandma.
October 18, 2017
Thirty years at Uptown Y: 'The first and only gym I've ever joined'

Thirty years at Uptown Y: 'The first and only gym I've ever joined'

That cinder-block building has remained a constant in my life.
September 27, 2017

An injured distance runner reinvents her Twin Cities Marathon tradition

I used to be that runner — someone who squeezed in a run nearly every day to take a break from the rest of life and feel the outdoors. I long for those days.
September 5, 2017
Leif Pettersen, who launched a travel marketing and PR agency, in Patagonia.

Gig economy is terrifying – and totally worth it for this Minnesota freelancer

A freelancer weighs the pros and cons of the fast-growing self-employment sector.